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Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Better Access to Alternative Care
By Editorial Staff
Dr. James Gordon, chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, stated at a December 5 press conference1 in Washington, D.C., that the commission plans to recommend to Congress in its interim report on July 2001 that CAM therapies become more integrated in mainstream health care.
"The experience of these people and other testimony we have heard convinces us that improvements in the provision of CAM therapies are crucial," said Dr.Gordon.
Dr. Gordon also suggested that reimbursement for CAM services become a benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. "If these government agencies began reimbursing for these services, other third-party payers would follow suit."
Established by President Clinton in March 2000, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy functions to "provide a report, through the Secretary, to the President on legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of complementary and alternative medicine."
Michigan HMO Offers Massage, Other CAM Services to Members
Care Choices HMO, a subsidiary of Trinity Health - Michigan, has signed an agreement with Landmark Healthcare, Inc., a nationwide complementary alternative health care provider, to provide Care Choices HMO members with a full range of alternative health care services.
Under the guidelines of the agreement, Care Choice HMO members have full access to massage therapy, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling at discounted rates.
Commenting on the new program, Care Choices HMO's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Baker, enthused: "Our decision to work with Landmark to establish a complementary wellness program provides our members with access to a full range of alternative healthcare services that meet growing consumer needs."
Members can choose practitioners from the HMO's "Natural Options Provider Directory" and present their ID card when arriving for treatment. Landmark is managing the provider directories for the massage therapy, chiropractic and registered dietician networks. For more information, contact Landmark's website at www.landmarkhealthcare.com.
Northwestern Health Sciences University Adds Massage Program
Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota is now offering a 760-hour massage therapy program. The program, consisting of five 15-week academic terms, includes more than 350 hours of hands-on lab and clinical experience at seven public clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
"Professional massage represents an important niche in the health care field," commented Mike Skoglund,MA, associate dean of Northwestern's College of Arts and director of the massage therapy program. "The massage therapy program at Northwestern is dedicated to advancing the public's perception of massage therapy and increasing public acceptance of massage therapy as an important health care option."
The university also offers programs in chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, and integrated health and wellness.
NIH Announces New Centers for Dietary Supplement Research
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Arizona at Tucson will be the sites for Centers for Dietary Supplement and Research with an emphasis on botanicals.
The awards were granted by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), in collaboration with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - two arms of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - bringing the total to four NIH-supported centers studying the health effects of botanicals. In 1999, dietary supplement research centers were funded at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Purdue Center for Dietary Supplement Research on Botanicals will study the health effects of polyphenols, a group of chemical components common to such foods as soy, grapes and green tea. The University of Arizona Center will focus on the healing properties of ginger, turmeric and boswellia.
"These competitive awards of approximately $1.5 million each per year for five years were made as a result of efforts by Congress to explore more fully the potential role of botanical dietary supplements," noted Paul Coates,PhD, director of the ODS.
Stephen Strauss,MD, director of NCCAM, added, "These centers will critically evaluate various botanicals presently in use, and provide valid information to aid the American public in making informed decisions."
Foot Levelers Expands Continuing Education Seminars to Include Massage Therapists
Foot Levelers, Inc., a provider of flexible orthotics, continuing education seminars, and other health care services to the chiropractic profession since 1952, has expanded its continuing education program to include massage therapists.
Scheduled seminars will focus on evaluation of the lower extremities, myofascial therapy, and practical skills to manage stress, reduce physical and mental pain, and increase overall energy.
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